Covid-19 | Federal & State Governments Stimulus Measures banner.Updated: 20 November 2020

Government Stimulus Measure:

Guaranteeing Small Business Loans

What is the stimulus/relief?

The Federal Government will provide a guarantee of 50% to Small to Medium Business (SME) lenders for new unsecured loans of up to $250,000 to be used for working capital.

The Scheme has now been extended and enhanced to support businesses in recovery and to enable continued support for SMEs facing the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus. Phase 2 includes targeted amendments to the Scheme's parameters to meet the evolving needs of SMEs. Phase 2 of the Scheme will continue to support lenders' ability to provide credit and ensure that SMEs benefit from low interest rates.

Phase 2 of the Scheme commenced on 1 October 2020 and will be available for loans made by participating lenders until 30 June 2021.

Who is eligible?

SMEs with a turnover of up to $50 million. SMEs that accessed loans under Phase 1 of the Scheme are able to apply for loans in Phase 2.

How do I get it?

The scheme will commence the day after royal assent until 30 June 2021 and will be provided through participating lenders. The guarantee will apply to loans under the following terms;

  • Maximum loan of $250,000 per borrower;
  • For a period of up to 3 years, with an initial 6 month repayment holiday; and
  • The loans will be unsecured.

Who should use this stimulus/other considerations?

Any SMEs requiring a working capital injection. All loans will still be subject to the participating lenders usual credit assessment processes but the Government expects lenders to sensibly take into account the current economic conditions. The Government is also encouraging lenders to provide draw down loans so interest is only paid when funds are utilised.

The guarantee is to apply to new loans, but loans made after the Government announcement but before the commencement date (early April 2020) may also be covered.

Closing comment

The Government is moving quickly and things are changing daily with regards to the response to COVID-19.  

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